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Temperatures 1.5C above pre-industrial era average for 12 months, data shows

July 7, 2024 - 22:00

Copernicus Climate Change Service says results a ‘large and continuing shift’ in the climate

The world has baked for 12 consecutive months in temperatures 1.5C (2.7F) greater than their average before the fossil fuel era, new data shows.

Temperatures between July 2023 and June 2024 were the highest on record, scientists found, creating a year-long stretch in which the Earth was 1.64C hotter than in preindustrial times.

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Ecuador court rules pollution violates rights of a river running through capital

July 7, 2024 - 16:42

Ruling, based on constitutional rights for natural features like Quito’s Machángara River, appealed by government

A ruling described by activists as “historic,” a court in Ecuador has ruled that pollution has violated the rights of a river that runs through the country’s capital, Quito.

The city government appealed the ruling, which is based on an article of Ecuador’s constitution that recognizes the rights of natural features like the Machángara River.

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‘Every step of the way, no one cared’: Queensland pensioner says solar farm next door has left her unable to sell her property

July 7, 2024 - 11:00

Neighbours to Kingaroy renewable energy project say vouchers for pub meals and a massage only compensation given for construction noise

Properties like Karen Mansbridge’s usually sell within 30 days but her home has been on the market for eight months. The two-hectare hobby farm in the South Burnett region, 160km north-west of Brisbane, was receiving so few inquiries the real estate agent decided to remove the address from the listing.

Interest picked up – until buyers were reluctantly given the address. “They’d fly over it on Google Maps and go ‘nup’,” her real estate agent says.

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Blockade Australia plans more climate protests disrupting Newcastle trains, saying disobedience is the only option

July 6, 2024 - 20:00

NSW government condemns ‘reckless’ actions in Hunter region as more than 200 rail services cancelled and 26 people arrested since 25 June

It was right on sunrise when Ian Fox, 67, began dangling above a busy railway on a cold Newcastle morning.

The South Australian hadn’t been in the Hunter for long before he suspended himself above the train lines on 25 June. As he hung there, a sign was unfurled below him that said: “Survival depends on non-compliance.”

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‘Potentially historic’ heatwave threatens more than 130 million across US

July 6, 2024 - 16:40

Temperatures could crest 100F (38C) in many regions after breaking records and sparking dozens of wildfires

A long-running heatwave that has already broken records, sparked dozens of wildfires and left about 130 million people under a high temperature threat is about to intensify enough that the National Weather Service has deemed it “potentially historic”.

The NWS on Saturday reported some type of extreme heat or advisory for nearly 133 million people across the nation – mostly in western states where the triple-digit heat, with temperatures 15 to 30 degrees fahrenheit higher than average, is expected to last into next week.

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David Lammy faces a world in turmoil: five key concerns for foreign secretary

July 6, 2024 - 13:42

Challenges include two wars and global inertia on the climate crisis as hard-right populists from France to the US flex their muscles

David Lammy: ‘Britain has to start reconnecting with a dangerous, divided world’

More than two years after Russia invaded Ukraine, the conflict drags on. Ukrainian forces are depleted and they need foreign weapons. Support for Ukraine crosses most party lines in Europe, but if Donald Trump wins the US election and cuts or limits the flow of arms, Europe may struggle to fill the gap. Lammy will want to shore up public support, bolster European collaboration, and map out what resources the continent can collectively offer Ukraine if the US steps back.

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Heat-related deaths in Phoenix, Arizona, have nearly doubled this year

July 6, 2024 - 08:00

The city just had its hottest June on record, with 175 possible heat deaths so far this year – an 84% increase

Heat-related deaths in the hottest major US city have almost doubled compared with the same period last year, after Phoenix experienced its warmest ever June on record.

The number of possible heat deaths reported by the Maricopa county medical examiner was 175 as of 29 June – a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year.

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The week around the world in 20 pictures

July 5, 2024 - 12:35

War in Gaza, Britain’s general election, fires in California and the Tour de France: the last seven days as captured by the world’s leading photojournalists

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Greens to push Labour to ‘be braver’ on climate, sewage and cost of living

July 5, 2024 - 08:06

Party co-leader and new MP Carla Denyer says election shows voters ‘have had enough of incremental change’

The Green party will push the incoming Labour government to “be braver” on key issues, from the climate crisis and sewage in rivers to housing and tax, according to Carla Denyer, the party’s co-leader and one of its four new MPs.

The party quadrupled its number of MPs, beating Labour in Bristol Central and Brighton Pavilion and the Conservatives in Waveney Valley and North Herefordshire.

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Weatherwatch: Buckwheat, miracle crop for a future of extreme heat

July 5, 2024 - 01:00

It’s not a grain, but the seed of a plant related to rhubarb, and is gluten-free, insect friendly and tolerant of drought

Most Britons will not be familiar with buckwheat. It’s not really part of our traditional cuisine, although we may have eaten some. But in many part of the world the seeds are part of the staple diet, for example as an eastern European porridge called kasha, Japanese noodles and American waffles. It’s not a grain, and is not a type of wheat; buckwheat is the seed of a plant related to rhubarb, and is likely to became a useful alternative crop for arable farmers as global heating bites.

A new study that compared wheat and buckwheat success rates in a high carbon dioxide atmosphere, plus the temperatures and drought conditions that we can expect in the coming decades, found buckwheat survived and produced its crop of seeds in conditions that killed wheat or severely curtailed grain production. Buckwheat also has the advantage of being gluten-free and rich in fibre and minerals. Because it flowers for months, it is also a favourite for bees and other insects. One plus for farmers is it likes poor soils so no expensive fertilisers are needed.

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The Guardian view on Hurricane Beryl: the west can’t sit this out | Editorial

July 4, 2024 - 13:50

An unprecedented storm has caused devastation. Caribbean states need support

The islands that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Beryl will take years to recover. Nine out of 10 homes on Union, which is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the eastern Caribbean, were damaged or destroyed on Monday. On Carriacou, which is part of Grenada, hardly any buildings were left unscathed. On Tuesday, the Grenadian prime minister, Dickon Mitchell, described the situation as “almost Armageddon-like”.

The course taken by Beryl meant that Jamaica, which is home to nearly 3 million people, did not receive its full force as had been feared. But houses and roads were flooded, and a woman was killed, taking the overall death toll to at least 10. Barbados and other islands were also damaged.

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Hurricane Beryl barrels through Cayman Islands after battering Jamaica

July 4, 2024 - 12:03

Category 3 storm with wind speeds of up to 120mph continues to wreak ‘utter devastation’ in Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl is barrelling through the Cayman Islands after causing death and destruction in Jamaica.

The British overseas territory is bearing the brunt of the hurricane, which has been causing “utter devastation” in the Caribbean since Monday, when it almost destroyed parts of Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Far right using climate crisis as bogeyman to frighten voters and build higher walls | Jonathan Watts

July 4, 2024 - 01:00

It is no coincidence that ever more extreme politics has come at a time of ever more extreme weather

A disrupted climate and diminished natural world are widening the dividing lines of ideological debate. Left unchecked, this will undermine democracy.

That may not be the first thing on the minds of British voters as they go to the polls on Thursday. It is probably also a minority view in the rest of Europe or the US, where people are too much in the thick of a polycrisis to consider anything outside politics and economics as usual. But from a distance, in my case from the Amazon rainforest, there is a very different explanation for the tremors being witnessed in the old world and the new.

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The summer of green music festivals - podcast

July 4, 2024 - 00:00

It’s festival season! But are festivals any good for the environment? This week Chanté chats to Lewis Jamieson of Music Declares Emergency and the Grammy-nominated House DJ Jayda G about how festivals can become more sustainable and why the music industry can be an important voice in the fight for climate justice.

Jayda G’s documentary Blue Carbon can be watched here

Archive – BBC, TikTok (billsvids), CNN, Blue Carbon (WaterBear), Instagram (liamcmusic_), BBC 5Live,

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Homes wrecked as Hurricane Beryl hits south-east Caribbean – video

July 3, 2024 - 10:35

Hurricane Beryl has destroyed houses and flattened trees in the south-east Caribbean after landing on Carriacou, an island in Grenada, as a category 4 storm.

The hurricane, which has killed at least six people, is heading toward Jamaica

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Far-right win in French election could deal blow to climate policy, say experts

July 3, 2024 - 09:50

Fears of ‘big regression’ in climate action that could spread across Europe if National Rally gains power

A victory for the far right in the French elections could deal a serious blow to climate policy in France, experts have warned, with consequences that could ripple through the European Union and beyond.

The second round of snap polls, whichEmmanuel Macron called after the National Rally (RN) scored big gains in European elections last month, could result in Marine Le Pen’s party securing a majority in the French parliament on Sunday, although nationwide efforts to form a “republican front” may prevent that.

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After asking ‘What about the climate?’ for 14 years, I’m standing down as an MP. But I have hope | Caroline Lucas

July 3, 2024 - 07:55

Voters and politicians now know slow, incremental change just won’t cut it. The next government must be bold and brave

  • Caroline Lucas is a former Green MP

When I entered parliament back in 2010 as the first Green MP, I used every possible trick in the book to push the environment up the UK’s political agenda. In the early days, progress was agonisingly slow. Simply making the case that Britain should be powered by renewables, not fossil fuels, was a daily battle. Every single budget, I would stand up and ask the same question: what about the climate? And then, quite quickly, things finally began to change.

I’ll never forget the moment I realised the environment movement had finally entered the political mainstream. The shift dawned on me during the school strikes five years ago, which brought over a million people worldwide out on to the streets in protest. I stood on top of a makeshift platform on a fire engine outside parliament and saw a vast crowd of young people, stretching as far as the eye could see, demanding climate justice and action.

Caroline Lucas is an environmental activist and former Green MP

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Disastrous fruit and vegetable crops must be ‘wake-up call’ for UK, say farmers

July 3, 2024 - 07:28

Next government urged to have a proper plan for food security, as UK’s climate becomes more unpredictable

UK fruit and vegetable production has plummeted as farms have been hit by extreme weather.

The country suffered the wettest 18 months since records began across the 2023-24 growing year, leaving soil waterlogged and some farms totally underwater. The impact on harvests has been disastrous. Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs shows that year-on-year vegetable yields decreased by 4.9% to 2.2m tonnes in 2023, and the production volumes of fruit decreased by 12% to 585,000 tonnes.

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‘Please send help’: Caribbean reels from Hurricane Beryl devastation

July 3, 2024 - 07:21

Homes flattened, apocalyptic scenes and at least four dead as St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada try to recover

This should have been a week of celebration in the Caribbean country of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The annual Vincy Mas carnival, which attracts thousands of tourists, had advertised a packed schedule of costume parades and soca competitions.

Instead, the Vincentian population is reeling from what the country’s prime minister has described as the “utter devastation” wrought by Hurricane Beryl, which ravaged the multi-island country and its eastern Caribbean neighbour Grenada.

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As Canada braces for a raging summer, Indigenous communities remain displaced

July 3, 2024 - 06:30

Indigenous land is disproportionately affected by wildfire and their isolated nature makes aid access difficult

When Robert Laboucan pictured his son taking his first steps he imagined it would be at home, maybe even in front of a camera in their living room. Instead, the one-year-old first walked in the hallway of the Flamingo Inn in High Level, the tiny Alberta town where the family have been living for more than a year after escaping the massive wildfires that devastated the Indigenous-owned Fox Lake Reserve.

“It was really hard,” said Laboucan, a member of the Little Red River Cree Nation.

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